Charnock completed this season's first double winning 5-1 at Hanley Town following their 4-1 win over the same opponents at Mossie Park the previous week. Two goals from Ashley Young, one a penalty, Joe Noblet scored for the third game running and Ash Ball and Carl Grimshaw added the other goals.
The Reserves lost 4-0 at league leaders Furness Rovers.
Hanley Town 1 Charnock Richard 5
Saturday 25th August 2018, North West Counties League Premier Division
HANLEY TOWN 1
CHARNOCK RICHARD 5
Hanley Town: Joe Mellor, Kartel O’Neill-Martin, Josh Bristow, Jacob Higginbotham, Cordell White, Joe Donaldson (Callum Tunstall 55), Jamie Skellern, Tom Ashton, John Shelden, Neville Thompson, Kierran Ball. Subs: (Not Used) Sam Smith, Owen Wyatt.
Charnock Richard: Connor King, Joe Noblet, Ryan Schofield, Ashley Young, Jack Sanders, Ashley Ball (Jake Higham 78), Danny Regan, Nathan Fairhurst (Mark Woods 66), Carl Grimshaw, Oliver Oxley (Ashley Stott 72), Alex Ralph. Subs: (Not Used) Chris Cheetham, Spencer Bibby.
Charnock Richard recorded their first double of the season with this 5-1 win at Potteries Park over Hanley Town, having won 4-1 at Mossie Park the previous week. The game had a remarkable start with Charnock scoring two goals in the first two minutes. Although the home team pulled a goal back Charnock led 3-1 at the interval and two further goals from the Villagers in the second half emphasised their superiority.
There was just one change to the starting line-up from the team that lost at Bootle on the previous Tuesday; Ash Ball replaced Mark Woods, who dropped to the bench, in midfield. Charnock had signed another goalkeeper in midweek, Chris Cheetham and he was on the bench along with Jacob Higham, Ashley Stott and Spencer Bibby. The home team’s line-up showed a number of changes.
It was a fine afternoon with not enough wind to affect the game and the pitch looked in decent condition, the attendance was 102. Charnock lost the toss so they kicked off and a ball back to Fairhurst saw him hit a long ball forward which was headed out by a defender to NOBLET out on the right and he hit a tremendous shot from 35 yards that hit the back of the net only 11 seconds after the kick off. It was a great start for the Villagers and it immediately got better as ASH BALL surged forward through midfield and hit a left footed shot that the keeper Mellor failed to hold onto and the ball hit the post and trickled over the line. With less than two minutes on the clock Charnock were leading 2-0, it was probably their best opening to a game in their history. Understandably the home side were shell shocked and Charnock took complete charge for the following ten minutes. Alex Ralph shot just wide after a left wing corner as Charnock pushed forward. Unfortunately some complacency crept into their play and when Young was caught on the ball Hanley broke away to pull a goal back after 14 minutes, Neville Thompson neatly made room in the box and hit the ball under the diving King. Charnock came back with a good run by Ralph down the left and when he pulled the ball back to Oxley his swerving shot drifted across the face of the goal. On 20 minutes Regan put Oxley to the bye-line on the right but Grimshaw headed his cross straight at Mellor. Charnock were producing some decent football but it was a little laboured at times. Another good move finished with Ralph shooting wide. When Ralph hit a diagonal free kick from out on the right Oxley headed over the bar. Hanley Town were coming more and more into the game with Thompson looking dangerous up front and after an attack that started down their right there was a good opening on the left and King had to touch the shot over the bar. After 38 minutes Kierran Ball attempted a lob from the right but King was back to catch the ball as it dropped towards the top corner of the goal. When Grimshaw passed to Oxley near the right hand bye-line a clumsy tackle saw the award of a penalty and YOUNG hit the ball high into the net on 43 minutes. It should have been 4-1 immediately before the interval, Grimshaw, in from the right, saw his shot rebound off the keeper and Oxley lifted the loose ball high over the bar from close range.
The start of the second half saw an Ash Ball cross from the left destined for the head of Grimshaw at the back post but a defender managed to head it out for a corner. Ralph had one of his mazy runs to the left bye-line and his shot cum centre was beaten away by Mellor. As expected it was Charnock dominating the game with attacks from Hanley very sporadic. Another run by Ralph right from his own half, beating several opponents, saw his shot diverted for a corner. Regan took the left wing corner and YOUNG headed home from close range after 50 minutes. When the ball broke, following a Hanley corner, Ash Ball made a 50 yard dash and his pass found Grimshaw whose powerful shot came back off the post. When Regan was fouled out on the right a free kick from Ball caused problems in the home penalty area before Hanley scrambled the ball clear. On 59 minutes Oxley got down the right pulled the ball back to Noblet and his centre saw Grimshaw head over the bar. There was another good chance when a neat attack down the left saw a centre reach Regan in front of goal but Mellor was quickly out and Danny shot past the post. On 69 minutes Grimshaw was fouled on the right and he got up to head Ralph’s free kick over the bar and out of the ground. Mark Woods came on for Ash Ball after 66 minutes and then Ashley Stott replaced Oliver Oxley. When the home substitute Tunstall had a good run King only grabbed hold of his shot at the second attempt. Charnock continued to press forward, Regan hit another shot wide and then a well worked free kick taken by Noblet saw Regan centre from the right and Mellor did really well to keep out Grimshaw’s header at the back post as it was destined for the top corner. On 84 minutes Woods burst forward from midfield and his neat pass set up GRIMSHAW and he made no mistake. There were a couple of good chances in the closing minutes but 5-1 victory away from home is more than satisfactory and the three points moved the Villagers back up into third position in the table.
August Bank Holiday Monday sees Charnock return to Mossie Park where they meet Silsden who are in second place in the table one point ahead of Charnock. Kick Off is 3.00pm. On Saturday 1st September Charnock make their longest trip ever for a match when they travel to Alnwick Town in north Northumbria in the First Qualifying Round of the Buildbase FA Vase. Kick Off is 3.00pm.